This week's prayer suggestions

This week, as we come towards the end of this Easter season, we pray...

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus, sometimes it is hard to live in hope, because our hopes have been dashed so often. Enlarge our hope and centre it on you, our risen and ascended Saviour, because you alone can fulfil it.

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus, we know that we can be wilful and wayward children, but we want you to take the reins of our lives and lead us where you will. Take everything we have and everything we are. Do with us what you will so that our lives may glorify your name.

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus, we know that love overcomes fear. We try to live fearlessly, but we are human and the world can be a frightening place. Forgive us our fears, for they work against your love and prevent us from living in your joyful freedom.

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus, you live and reign in the perfect unity of love: help us to know you, to love you and to enjoy you always. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.